Autism | Symptom

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Autism Overview

Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neural development condition which often involves varying degrees of intellectual disability and difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communications and social interactions. ASD is often presented with repetitive motions and stereotypical behaviors, as well as restrictive inclinations like only eating certain foods, difficulty sleeping, and gastrointestinal problems.

Causes of Autism

Symptoms of Autism can be detected as early as 2-3 years old, and is present in every 1 in 68 American children, with its prevalence seen more in boys than in girls. Symptoms can include not making eye contact, difficulty speaking or communicating, over attachments to caregivers, displaying aggression or engaging in "tick" behaviors, throwing tantrums, not interacting socially with other children or adults, and refusing to eat anything other than a very restrictive diet of limited foods. Children on the spectrum also tend to display many digestive problems, difficulty sleeping or settling down, and a general tendency towards isolation and lack of interest in normal social interactions.

Good Diets For Those Diagnosed With Autism

Scientists are learning that there is no one direct cause of Autism, but rather it seems to be a combination of various factors, from predisposition through gene mutations, which, when coupled with environmental factors such as exposure to vaccines and a compromised immunity, can offset the occurrence of Autism in those susceptible to it. Scientists have also discovered that the immune system seems to play a vital role in the onset of Autism. Having a compromised or weakened immune system can influence the appearance of the disorder as well as affect the severity of its symptoms. As far as treatment goes, while many doctors choose to prescribe powerful drugs to address some of the symptoms of Autism, there are many doctors who are taking a more holistic approach, as there have been several studies indicating that drastic diet changes can greatly reduce or eliminate Autism symptoms. One neurologist in particular, Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, is well known for having cured her autistic child through her nutritional protocol, called the GAPS Diet. Her research, along with many others in her field, have indicated that a severely damaged gut overgrown with pathogenic microbes, in combination with a very compromised immunity, lays the groundwork for development in Autism for those who may be genetically predisposed to it. While similar scientists are proponents for a diet devoid of gluten or casein, the GAPS diet is aimed at removing all foods that will feed pathogenic microbes and irritate an inflamed gut. The GAPS diet is designed to heal and seal the gut lining, and stop the flow of toxins streaming from the gut to the brain, which is what causes the autistic symptoms. For more information please visit

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